FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|Ohio Art Contact: Guy Thomas|
July 17, 1997
|(419) 636-3141 Ext. 214|
Release # 97-160
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ohio Art Company of Bryan, Ohio is recalling over 67,800 Splash Off Water Rockets. When being filled, the rockets can break apart under the water's pressure. Consumers can be injured seriously if they are hit by broken rocket pieces.
CPSC and Ohio Art Company have received 37 reports of these rockets breaking apart while being filled, resulting in lacerations of a hand, shoulder, and forehead.
The Splash Off Water Rocket is a made of red, yellow and clear plastic. The rocket measures 16 inches high and the rocket's launch pad measures 18 inches high. The words, "Splash Off" appear on the rocket's side. To launch the rocket, water from a garden hose is fed through a tube into the launch pad. When the launcher is filled with water, a launch ring is pressed down to execute lift-off.
Toy and major retail stores nationwide sold the Splash Off Water Rockets from April 1997 through June 1997 for about $20.
Consumers should stop using the Splash Off Water Rockets immediately and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Ohio Art Company at (800) 641-6226 between 7:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.